The Job Search As an International Student

10629326_779054325489742_96228561133674435_oCommerce Career Day took place on September 17 at the John Paul Jones Arena. More than 80 companies from a wide range of industries (accounting, finance, consulting, marketing, etc.) came and set up booths to recruit McIntire students. The event provided me various opportunities to network with professionals and alumni, learn about available positions within their firms, and explore different career options.

Happy Halloween from the Lawn

pumpkinHalloween is a special time for the University of Virginia with the annual trick-or-treating on the lawn has been a tradition since the late 1980s. This year the GCOM Council held a table for McIntire School of Commerce, we had graduate students from both Masters in Accounting, and Masters in Commerce. Hundreds of kids dress up and run around looking to grab the best and biggest handful of candy they can fit in their bags. Halloween on the lawn is a great experience for parents, students, faculty, and trick-or-treaters. I suggest that all UVa students attend because it was an experience we will never forget!

Fall Into Step With…

After the first two months at U.Va., the bloggers wanted to find out what students at McIntire love about Charlottesville and the MSA Program! As the fall season approaches,  this is what students had to say:

Meet the EY Scholars

When you have teams that are diverse and are inclusive, you absolutely have a higher product, more quality, better financial results and, frankly, a better environment within to work.”

~ Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY

What do you get when you combine McIntire’s M.S. in Accounting, EY, and a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness? The EY Scholars Program.

My Successful Job Search

Coming from Southwest University, a small liberal arts school in Texas, I was not exposed to on campus recruiting at all. We did not have access to many firms and there was not a formal recruitment process sponsored by the school. I did well enough on my own, interning for a large regional firm as well as an oil and gas production company during my undergraduate career. But I knew that in order to pursue my career aspirations I would need to look for a graduate program that would expose me to the Big Four and the other major public accounting firms.

Getting to know the GCOM Council



Who sits on the Graduate Commerce (GCOM) Council?

Derek Osborne – Chair

  • From Shutesbury, MA
  • Attended the University of South Carolina
  • Decided to attend U.Va. because he wanted a program that focused on real world aspects of tax accounting.
  • Plays the banjo

Bonding with the Girls


From left to right: Jenna, Anne, Jackie, Megan, Alexia, and Colette
From left to right: Jenna, Anne, Jackie, Megan, Alexia, and Colette

Where else can a group of girls go to wind down after a week of grad school classes to enjoy music, painting, and sipping on wine? At the Wine and Design Studio in downtown Charlottesville, local artists teach a class with step-by-step directions so everyone goes home with a fabulous piece of art that they created. This class was called the ”Painting of the Seasons of the Rotunda”, one of the most beautiful and historic buildings on U.V.a Grounds, or campus.